Weekly Highlights; The “Cold” Edition

Posted on 5 October, 2014 by Faye - No Comments

weekly highlights

Weekly Highlights is a new feature here at A Daydreamer’s Thoughts and will be a post highlighting things that happened on and off the blog. It is inspired by The Story Sirens In My Mailbox, Books, Biscuit and Tea’s Showcase Sunday, Kimba Caffeinated’s Sunday Post, and the British Letterbox Love.

In the feature I won’t mention everything I received, nor every post I wrote during the week but will simply feature a selection of things I wish to spotlight a second time around.


Post Highlights

This week was supposed to have more posts than it did, including the reveal of the Book Blogger UKYA Award winners but unfortunately I caught a terrible cold and the one day I had to get things sorted was spent in bed feeling miserable and in pain! However, fortunately I am now much better and next week should be much better for posts.

This week I didn’t post ANY reviews.

I did wrap up September in this monthly wrap up post. Go to that post to find out which book was my favourite and what rating I gave every book I read last month!

And I also wrote a discussion post on how I love to watch movies, check out my favourite viewing experience here.

On my other blog, I released the gorgeous cover for Cloven by Georgeann Swiger too, which can be found by clicking here.


Around the Blogosphere

This week Lucy tells you why you should read The Maze Runner before the movie comes out. Find out why here.

Amber has hit the nail on the head in this post, where she talks all about doing what makes you happy. Really, I couldn’t agree more.

I love this post by Jamie this week! It’s all about life being too short to feel guilty about reading and I have a response post in my head which should come out next week!

Jess did the Taylor Swift Book Tag this week and I not only love all the questions, but I loved her answers too! Might sneakily be doing this myself too. Find the post here.

Reading this post was truly heart-breaking but something I, unfortunately, could relate to and I hope that Sarah manages to find her love once again.

This week Carly has talked about branding and books in this post and I really loved it! It’s very informative and I completely agree.


Letterbox Love

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I had a slow week with books this week, which is just as well as I really feel like I’m drowning under my TBR at the moment!

The Garden of Burning Sand The Perfectionists

Garden of Burning Sand by Corban Addison; Picked this one up from the library as it sounded really interesting. Looking forward to seeing if it’s as good as it sounds!

The Perfectionists by Sara Shepard; I have not read Pretty Little Liars but I love the sound of it. I also love the idea of this book too and so I couldn’t wait to read it. Thank you so much to Hot Key Books for the review copy of this book!


Currently Reading

I read a few books at a time so I have decided that I want to showcase them a little on the blog and so from now on I thought I would tell you all what I’m currently reading (on Saturday/Sunday!)

This week I am currently reading;

Us BetterThanPerfect Cover Small Eternities


And there you have it, my Weekly Highlights!

What Did You Get This Week? What Cool Blog Posts Did You Stumble Upon? What Are You Reading This Week?

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Posted on 5 October, 2014 by Faye - No Comments


The Cinema Experience

Posted on 4 October, 2014 by Faye - 2 Comments

Hey All!
Today I thought I would write a little discussion post about films and how I love to watch them! (I.e. Time to bring films back into the blog in more than just reviews!)


Going to the cinema used to be very popular. It used to be one of the only ways to see the new films coming out and it used to be an amazing, spectacular experience that people simply couldn’t get enough of. But, recently, cinema-going has dwindled. People are waiting for films to be released onto DVD or to become available to either download via iTunes or to be put up onto Netflix, Blinkbox or Lovefilm.

The main reason for this (I believe anyway, I have not done extensive research on it!) is how expensive it now is to see a film in the cinema. Nowadays tickets can cost up to £15 per person and up to £40 for an average family of four. But renting a DVD or even BUYING a DVD that you can watch over and over again can sometimes cost as little as £3. So why would you spend more than that in these economically hard times?

Personally, I would say because the cinema experience is STILL an experience. The screens are incredibly large, the sound crisp and loud, and the fun of sharing it not just with your friends but random strangers can sometimes enhance the film. (Ever find a film funnier because of other people laughing?) Plus, there’s no way to pause the film so the story is told in the continuous flowing motion it was meant to be told in.

But I also agree that while the experience is good, the expense can sometimes seem over-priced. Especially if you’re stuck with strangers who talk throughout it or you’re stuck with a moth in the screen above your very head. But I still think that going to the cinema once in a while is worthwhile.

Thus, I am very glad that I purchased a Cineworld Membership. I can now watch unlimited films for a small sum of money per month and even if I just watch two films a month, I get my money’s worth and I am so happy about it because I now go to the cinema once or twice a week and I have so missed the experience.

But this isn’t an advertising post so enough on that.

I do also enjoy watching films at home. I love being able to re-watch films at my leisure, to eat snacks, and go to the toilet if I’m desperate to do so. I like that when re-watching a film, I can do other things at the same time as well. And, I cannot tell you how much I enjoy using Netflix (though I do mostly watch TV Shows, there is usually a good film or two to watch as well!).

But essentially, for me, the cinema experience is always better. I just wish that it wasn’t quite so expensive so that more people felt that they can also go and enjoy the experience.

What about you? Do you prefer to watch a film in the comfort of your home or in the cinema surrounded by strangers?

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Posted on 4 October, 2014 by Faye - 2 Comments


September Monthly Wrap Up

Posted on 3 October, 2014 by Faye - 2 Comments

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So I ummed and ahhed about whether or not to start doing monthly wrap-ups on the blog but have eventually decided that in an effort to keep my blog more organised, to keep on top of challenges and to do a nice re-cap of the month for you all, that I would do them :-). Therefore, this post will be set out like my weekly highlights post, split into headings in an attempt to keep everything organised easily :D


Monthly Highlights

Life Wise;
September has been a crazy month. There is really no better way to describe it. I feel like I’ve been out almost every single day and have just been on the go for the whole of it. That has made it very stressful BUT I also had a lot of great things happen, so all in all, it’s been a good month!

The biggest news for me was the launch of my new website; www.fayerogers.co.uk. This is the platform I will now be using for my online freelance PR work. This had a lot of background work to it – like accounting?!?! – and sorting out all sorts of things, so has taken a lot of my time but I’m really pleased with the result and looking forward to seeing where it all goes.

Book event wise there was the chance to meet Leigh Bardugo which was AMAZING and then the chance to meet Maureen Johnson (again) and Sarah Rees Brennan (first time) at a event in Waterstones that was so much fun and I was very glad I went! (even when I ended up feeling ill on the way home!)

Aside from that, it’s just been a case of juggling all my work, blogging, vlogging and socialising which has been insane but I have feeling it will be the way my life will be from now on and I’m pretty much okay with that!

Blog wise;
I celebrated three years blogging this month, which still feels exceptional and overwhelming to me!

I seem to finally be posting more this month which is really fun. I still have so many ideas for posts that I really need to implement at some point – you know, when I find the time!

My top three posts this month were;
Book Review: Murder Most Unladylike by Robin Stevens
Top Ten Authors I Should Read More Of
Film Review: Pride (2014)

I, somehow, managed to read nine and a half books this month and I’m still not one hundred percent sure how that could be! But I’m proud that I managed that and glad that the majority of them were ones that I REALLY enjoyed!


Favourite Book

You Don't Know Me
This was a really hard choice this month. I loved You Don’t Know Me so much but I also loved Amy and Matthew by Cammie McGovern a hell of a lot as well. However, I think I had a few more problems with Amy and Matthew then I did have with You Don’t Know Me so it eventually one. You Don’t Know Me is a book that made me FEEL so many emotions and it really makes you go on a rollarcoaster as you go through the book. There are times when the main character is a bit naive and I wanted to yell at her but I actually think this made the book more interesting and fun to read because it felt more realistic. I got really sucked in by this story.


Books Read

Two Stars
License to Spill

Three Stars
The 13th Fairy If I stay A Long Way Down2

Four Stars
the maze runner Shiver Adorned

Five Stars
You Don't Know Me Amy and Matthew


October TBR

These are five books that I REALLY want to read this month! They’re the ones that are VERY high on my TBR!

Us The Children Act The Girl Who Never Was The Iron Trial CLOVEN-web-medium


How was your September? Did you read anything amazing? Have you got any great books you want to read in October?

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Posted on 3 October, 2014 by Faye - 2 Comments